Dating back to 440-404BCE, this is a real Owl of Athena silver tetradrachm coin!
This coin is famous for its stunning, wide-eyed, depiction of Athena's owl, flanked by the letters ΑΘΕ.
The inscription "ΑΘΕ" is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which may be translated as "of the Athenians".
The little owl of Athena was a powerful symbol for knowledge and wisdom to the Ancient Greeks - understandable, as Athena herself was the virgin goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare!
On the obverse is an incredibly detailed depiction of the goddess Athena herself, which survived remarkably well considering the age of this artifact.
These coins were first minted at a time of great celebration - victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. This marked the beginning of a Golden Age for Athens, and an appropriate time for the creation of this coin - the largest and heaviest silver coin to ever enter circulation at that point in history.
The coin itself weighs 17.19g, measures ~1" diameter, and comes in a protective ~1.75" diameter gem jar for easy display.
We can ship this specimen worldwide!